Hiking Program

Purpose of the Program

This program invites the scouts to be more active in the outdoors, to learn more about the environment, practice “Leave No Trace,” and learn what type of wild animals and birds live in their local area.

A scout earns one mile credit for every mile hiked. The goal is for your child to have fun while hiking To enhance this experience, they will be able to earn the symbol of the Hiking Program, the Hiking Stave or Stick as well as other rewards pertaining to his participation and milestones.

The hiking program runs year round and will consist of monthly hikes. Most hikes will be within an hour’s drive. The hikes are about 1 to 4 miles each (1 ½ to 2 ½ hrs).  They will be appropriate for all ranks from Lions to Webelos. 

All scouts, families and siblings of Pack 314 are welcome to participate. Besides the fun of getting outdoors for a little fresh air and exercise with family and friends, many locations will include an educational component such as a museum, or homestead.

Den Level Hike

Dens can organize and go on den-level hikes that counts towards their miles so long as 2-deep leadership is maintained, and the other Hiking Program rules are followed.  The Hiking Program Committee leader will review Den-level hikes prior to the den-level hiking event to ensure that the den-level hiking events are in the sprint of the Hiking Program.

Hiking Rules




District Hikes

On the first Sunday of every month, the North Star District’s very own Dan Gorski leads a District hike, open to all Scouts and their families. The location changes each month, as does the degree of difficulty and the distance of the hike, but they all begin at 2pm. The current hike plan is listed below. 

Download the full schedule:  North Star District Hiking Schedule 2023-2024